Civil War Ghost Stories and Legends

Civil War Ghost Stories and Legends

Civil War Ghost Stories and Legends

Civil War Ghost Stories and Legends


Few events have sparked more legends and stories of the supernatural than America's Civil War. The accounts of gallantry and heroism have spread far and wide. Nancy Roberts grew up listening to her father's stories of the War Between the States and she trekked over many battle sites with him during her childhood.

After reading about General Joshua Chamberlain's supernatural experience at the Battle of Gettysburg, Roberts began to collect tales of the blue and gray and write them down. In her latest collection, the reader will visit famous Civil War sites such as Fredericksburg, Antietam, Johnson's Island, Andersonville, Fort Davis, Gaines Mill, Gettysburg, Fort Monroe, Harpers Ferry, Vicksburg, Richmond, Charleston, New Bern, and Petersburg. Through these stories, the reader will hear the voices of those brave individuals who lived through that dramatic era. Visit with Brigadier General J.E.B. Stuart on the banks of the Chickahominy River. Get the real story about John Brown's activities at Harpers Ferry. Hear the eerie whistle of Abraham Lincoln's funeral train.

Nancy Roberts is a popular Southern writer who frequently lectures on folklore and creative writing. She received a degree in Comparative Literature from the University of North Carolina. Author of more than twenty books, Roberts blends suspense, mystery, and history with a talent for finding and chronicling stories of the supernatural. Her work has earned her the title of "custodian of the twilight zone" from Southern Living magazine.


My writing career might never have begun had it not been for the encouragement of writer Carl Sandburg. During his years at Flat Rock, North Carolina, Mr. Sandburg sent me a message saying that he liked a series of ghost stories I was writing for the Charlotte Observer. He suggested that they be published in a book. Such heady encouragement led to my writing twenty-one books, the latest this book of Civil War ghost stories and legends.

Sometimes I think it would make life more comfortable—give me a handy stereotype to fall into—if I could say that I am a Southern writer or a Northern one, but I cannot. Born in Wisconsin of parents who were North Carolinians, I believe, however, that I regard the Civil War from a relatively impartial point of view.

My father was employed by a chemical company not far from Milwaukee. For more than a decade I lived on the shores of Lake Michigan and thought of myself as a Wisconsinite. Later I lived in New Jersey and Delaware, and it was not until my father’s retirement that I moved to North Carolina to join my parents at our family home in Maxton.

I was always aware of my father’s love for history. Driving south from Wisconsin we seldom passed a battlefield without touring it, and so I saw many beautiful sites, including Gettysburg, where fifty thousand men died. My eyes grew moist when dad would read aloud the Union and Confederate losses. Staring at soldiers’ faces . . .

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